13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Maureen Johnson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long has it been since Ginny has been to the 4th Noodle Penthouse?

2. What does Ginny impulsively ask Keith?

3. What does Richard tell Ginny before he leaves?

4. What street is Ginny to find?

5. What does Keith wrangle Ginny into doing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Ginny decide to get the money to the artist?

2. Who opens the door when Ginny goes to the address in London given in the letter?

3. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

4. Who is Keith's roommate?

5. What is strange about the package and what's in the package?

6. Where does Ginny go at the Coliseum, what does she do and what does the letter she opens there say?

7. What does Peg tell Ginny as far as traveling is concerned?

8. How does Ginny meet Keith and what does he tell her?

9. What does Ginny decide to do to get rid of the tickets she now holds and how many does she give away?

10. What does Richard say when asked what he sold the Queen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "13 Little Blue Envelopes" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "13 Little Blue Envelopes" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ginny. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Peg. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Richard. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "13 Little Blue Envelopes". Questions that Johnson most likely want readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Johnson' agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Johnson' probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Johnson and see if/where his life may have influenced his writing.

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